Ages 6-12 / 1st Grade — 6th Grade
Using an engaging research style of learning, elementary children work individually or in small groups on a wide variety of projects meant to spark the imagination, engage the intellect and nurture natural characteristics and tendencies. Lessons given by A.M.I. trained guides lead the students toward activities, which are designed to help them develop their natural tendencies and characteristics.
The learning appetite of children at this age is driven by the intense desire to understand the universe and their place in it. The guides direct the elementary work toward all aspects of life in an encompassing study of cosmic education. This cosmic education includes, but is not limited to, geography, biology, history, language, mathematics, geometry, science, music, art, morals and practical life. Educational exploration is encouraged through trips outside the classroom to community resources. These trips are often initiated and organized by the children. Examples of such trips include the library, planetarium, botanical garden, science center, supermarket, bank, factory, or hospital. This inclusive approach through cosmic education fosters a feeling of connectedness with humanity and nature, while encouraging the children’s natural desire to make contributions to the world.
This program was established to provide an opportunity for students to continue in a Montessori environment with a strong academic program from 1st through 6th grade (6 years through 12 years). Children 6 years through 9 years of age will be considered for registration. Children are admitted to this program with the understanding that it is the parents’ intention that they will complete the elementary cycle (through 6th grade).
The hours for this program are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Extended Hours available.